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Gas leaks: How to detect, react and prevent?

Story Highlights
  • Detection methods
  • Preventive measures
  • Reactive measures

Many people are injured or killed every winter as a result of gas explosions caused by faulty equipment, most often due to inefficient portable gas heaters or LPG cylinders.

People need to gain more knowledge of gas leak detection, fire safety, and first aid for burn patients before transport to a hospital or clinic.

Detection methods

Since Sui gas (natural gas) is both colorless and odorless on its own, gas providers must add an odourant to ensure the safety of their customers.

The foul smell is designed to attract attention in order to warn of a suspected gas leak.  A strong odor indicates the presence of natural gas, which, if ignited, might cause serious harm or damage to property.

However, you may also find a gas leak in other methods.

If your stove or oven burns with an orange or yellow flame instead of a blue one, is hard to clean and makes soot, you need to replace your gas line. 

If you hear a hissing noise, check the gas line or the banner.

Preventive measures 

People use gas heaters in airtight rooms in the winter, which could kill them because they aren’t getting enough fresh oxygen. 

You should check that the gas valves in your homes are closed, and the room heaters are turned off before turning in for the night. 

The gas knob should always be kept out of the reach of children.

To ensure enough airflow in the event of a gas leak, you should guarantee that your kitchen or cooking area has adequate ventilation. 

You should only buy LPG cylinders from reputable suppliers.

Maintain a regular servicing schedule and inspect your appliances for signs of wear and tear.

Before utilizing refilled LPG cylinders, always check their pipes for leaks.

Reactive measures

If you smell gas, you should NOT:

  • Light a cigarette or matchstick, 
  • Turn on the light
  • Use any electrical appliance,
  • Use a telephone or cell phone from the building,
  • Light a candle,
  • Try to start any vehicle near where gas may be leaking,
  • Use a flashlight or a lighter; 

And you should leave the building immediately.

People should open doors, switch off the main gas valve, and notify gas or rescue workers if feasible.

Gas leaks and cylinder explosions can be averted by regular maintenance as well as by educating the users about safety measures and precautions.

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